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Living Room Ideas To Revamp Your Space

Morgan McBride5-Minute Read
May 27, 2020

There’s never a bad time to start fresh and make positive changes in different areas of your life. One way to change your mood every day is to improve the comfort of your home. If you spend most of your time in a certain room of your house, that’s the perfect place to do a refresh!

Living Room Design Ideas

Living rooms are often the most used room in a house, and they are surprisingly easy to make over and upgrade. Here are some great ideas for updating the layout and design of your living space without doing a remodel. Your living room might be a TV room, a finished room over a garage, or even a basement. Regardless of the type of room, all living rooms are easy to update and redecorate.

Choose A New Theme

Farmhouse decor and cinnamon sitting on a coffee table in a living room

One way to completely change the look of your living room is by changing the theme. You don’t necessarily need a theme like they used on “Trading Spaces” 20 years ago. However, changing the style of decor in a space will completely change the vibe of the room.

Additionally, centering your living room’s design around a specific theme could make it easier to determine your starting point with revamping the space and make it so you know the design direction you end up going in will be one that you’ll love. Having a theme in mind makes shopping – and DIY projects – easier.

Create A New Focal Point

Living room with a fireplace as the focal point of the room

Every room should have a focal point, something that naturally catches your eye and serves as the centerpiece of a room, like a fireplace or a unique piece of furniture.

You can use paint to draw the eye to a specific item by making it a color that contrasts with the rest of your space. You could also arrange furniture so that it encourages the eye to gravitate toward a certain thing. Changing the focal point in a space can easily give a room a whole new look.

Rearrange Your Current Furniture

Yellow toned living room with grey couch

In a similar vein to changing the focal point of a room, rearranging the furniture in a space is an easy way to get a totally new look without spending a dollar. There are plenty of creative ways to change the furniture arrangement with the pieces you already own in order to make your space feel completely new. Don’t be afraid to try new arrangements for a day or two each to see how the set-up works for your family.

Add New Furniture Pieces

Living room with grey couches and green throw pillows

If you have room in your budget to shop, adding or swapping out furniture is an obvious way to give a living room a fresh look. New furniture is especially crucial if you change the theme or style of a room. For example, if your decor was big and dark with a traditional theme, and you want a farmhouse theme, swapping out the coffee table is a simple and highly effective way to make your living room feel refreshed.

Change Out Accessory Pieces

Woman hanging framed photos of the beach

A lot of what pulls the overall look of your living room together is dependent on accessory pieces that don’t exactly fall into furniture or decor categories. Lighting fixtures, area rugs or window treatments, for example, all have a huge impact on the feel of a space.

Replacing accessories doesn’t have to be expensive. Check Facebook Marketplace, shop the sale rack, or go antiquing for vintage pieces. Even better, shop your own home! Moving pieces from other areas of your house into your living room could be exactly what you need to complete the transformation.

Living Room Paint And Color Ideas

Choosing the perfect color scheme for your living room can be tricky, especially if your aim is to choose one that you’ll be happy with for a long time. However, there are a few simple starting points for furniture and paint colors that you could consider.

Consult Pantone

Classic blue Pantone color of the year themed living room

If you’re looking for a trendy accent color for your space, you could start by finding out Pantone’s Color of the Year. These colors are selected based on trends and emerging popularity, and are great if you want to choose a color that is on the cutting edge. Plus, selecting a trending color could make it easier to find furniture, accessories, and decor pieces to include in the space, as many retailers will produce products this year that fall within that range of color.

Go Neutral

Neutral colored living room with pops of bright color

On the other end of the spectrum is the option to go neutral. Neutral colors are currently very trendy options for paint colors, and interior design in general, in that they can make a living space feel more light, airy and open, even if it’s a small room.

Choosing neutral paint colors doesn’t mean your room has to be boring. Small pops of brighter colors can also be added throughout that muted color scheme to create a more striking impression for those entering the space for the first time.

Make An Accent Wall

Grey accent wall on a staircase in a living room

If you want a mix between neutral and bold, consider painting an accent wall. Painting one wall in your living room a bold color and keeping the rest more muted in tone can really add visual interest into the space. This also can be a great compromise if multiple members of your family can’t choose between color or neutrals.

Living Room Decor Ideas

Home decor is where your personal aesthetic really gets displayed in a given room, and there are a few different things you can do to give your living room a new life.

Research Current Trends

Bright pink french couch on a hardwood floor in a white living room

If you aren’t sure of where to begin or don’t have a strong interior design sense of your own, it can help to consult a variety of resources such as blogs, style publications, professional design sites, videos and TV shows to determine what contemporary home decorating trends look like and draw inspiration from them.

You don’t have to copy trends exactly. Just look for patterns such as colors, shapes, or materials that draw your eye. Decorating with things that are on trend can be easier since you will tend to find lots of trendy items for sale in stores.

Become A Plant Parent

Safari themed living room with a variety of plants

Houseplants are extremely trendy, but are also a timeless way to add life, texture and interest to your space. Plus, plants help with air purification and can lead to improved mental health. To start out, look for plants that are hard to kill and work your way up to more temperamental varieties.

Showcase Your Interests

One of the best ways to make your living room feel like it’s truly yours is to inject your own personality and passions into the decor you display. Think of your family’s interests and hobbies and select accessories for your living room that nod to those things.

Why Should You Spruce Up Your Living Room?

There are several reasons why revamping your living room can be worthwhile, both in the short term and the long term.

Renewed Love For Your Home

Bored with your home? Redoing your living room to better reflect modern styles or your own personal taste can reinvigorate your appreciation for the space you live in and make living there a happier experience. Redecorating can also make a space feel new and exciting, without having to plan a move or remodel.

Increased Resale Value

Updating your living room – especially if those updates include renovations that fix structural or cosmetic issues in the space – can increase the value of your home overall if you plan to sell it in the future. Additionally, having a space that feels current, clean and updated makes your home appear more cared for and can only help increase perceived resale value and the speed with which your house might sell.

Decorating your living room is a great way to make your home feel more current and comfortable. Whether you have a budget to spend or just want to rearrange what’s already in your home, get creative when updating this space to make your living room uniquely you.

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    Morgan McBride

    Morgan McBride is a DIY-lover and home decor enthusiast living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been blogging at CharlestonCrafted.com alongside her husband since 2012, where they empower their readers to craft their current home into their dream home through the power of DIY.